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Do’s & Dont’s: PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals 2015 Game 6



The Game 5 Story:

[READ: De Ocampo, Talk ‘N Text torch Rain or Shine, now one win away from championship]

Historically in the PBA, teams that won Game 5 in a 2-2 series have gone on to win the Finals 37 out of 49 times (75.5% success rate). On a positive note for RoS, TNT has lost a best-of-7 series three times in previous Finals appearances even after obtaining 3-2 leads. Here are some keys to winning the game for both teams.

Rain or Shine

Focus on playing basketball.

It’s safe to assume that part of their game plan was to rattle, annoy, irritate and disrupt the focus of TNT by being extra physical and engaging in trash-talking. Oftentimes, these mind games work to their favor but on this occasion, RoS seemed affected negatively by the way TNT was pushing (fighting and talking) back at them. RoS needs to just play basketball and forget about extra-curricular matters because they get called for more personal fouls and technical fouls due to their incessant whining and complaining.

Communicate defensively and adjust rotations.

RoS got buried by constant match-up problems presented by TNT whenever a screen was used by Castro. The Elasto Painters often switched defenders during picks set for Castro and they got burned most of the time. Castro either drove past his bigger defender or he passed the ball to the post where RDO and Johnson scored easily over smaller defenders. RoS needs to modify their defensive rotations with regards to Castro. They can try double teaming or trapping him early which might force Castro to give the ball up or pick up his dribble.

Shut down the top guns.

Coach Yeng mentioned that his team needed to shut down at least one of the three top guys for TNT (Johnson, Castro and RDO) because if ALL three played well, RoS would probably end up on the losing end. Now, for this to happen, RoS cannot simply hope that bad shooting affects TNT’s top guns. RoS has to decide which player to target so that they can slow him down by using double teams or by denying him the ball at all costs. RoS can also try attacking this player on the offensive end to hopefully pick up fouls.

Run and attack the paint.

Would you believe that RoS only scored two points from turnovers and just had eight fastbreak points? They also lost the points in the paint category again. RoS has been settling for long jumpers even during transition opportunities. Those are lower percentage shots and chances of getting fouled on a jumper are pretty small compared to driving to the paint. The Elasto Painters need to be more aggressive in Game 6 if they want to extend the Finals.

Talk ‘N Text

Continue varying their defense.

In Game 4, TNT started to play zone defense more (instead of man-to-man exclusively) and they unleashed a full-court press/trap that caught RoS by surprise which resulted into 16 turnovers for RoS. The varying defensive sets also slowed down the pace and tempo of the game which favored TNT. RoS failed to score over 100 points for the third time in the Finals; consequently, RoS received their third loss. Additionally, the Tropang Texters also used different guys on Paul Lee (Carey, MGR, Castro, Alas) which bothered Lee offensively.

More pick and rolls or pops.

Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo have played marvellously in the Finals. Both guys have been the best players on TNT, thus, it made perfect sense to call plays that focused on the strengths of both guys. TNT ran pick and rolls/pops with RDO as the screener while Castro was the ball-handler. These plays were executed perfectly with RDO making jumpers over his smaller defenders or Castro using his quickness advantage over a bigger defender. Expect TNT to continue milking this play until RoS finds a way to stop them.

Sharing is caring.

Jayson Castro can definitely score like an import. Their offense revolves around him and he actually led TNT in scoring during the first four games of the Finals. However, Castro is more dangerous when he gets his teammates more involved offensively. During the Commissioner’s Cup Conference, TNT is undefeated (5-0) when Castro finishes with at least 7 assists. In Game 5, Castro only scored 15 points but he handed out 9 assists. His playmaking is crucial because it gives more confidence to his teammates and the threat of passing the ball actually gives Castro more space to shoot or drive to the hoop.

Expand the rotation.

Coach Jong finally used more bench players in the last two games which meant less minutes and more rest for his top guns. This also allowed TNT to try different defensive sets that bothered RoS. They were able to use Harvey Carey on Paul Lee while Jay Washington saw some minutes defending Wayne Chism. At the same time, TNT’s bench was able to contribute one of their best games in the Finals. Their bench combined for 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Prediction for Game 6: I picked TNT to win the series in six games and it appears that they are headed for that. No point in changing that pick now. I think Castro will continue to dominate the Finals and he will end up as the Finals MVP.


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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players



Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win



After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

FIBA 3×3 World Cup to be a huge boost for country’s Olympic bid



All roads will lead to Bocaue, Bulacan as the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will head to the Philippine Arena. The biggest tournament in 3×3 basketball will be played from June 8-12, 2018.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executives. The event was graced by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, SMART Sports’ Christopher Quimpo, and FIBA’s 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez.

With 3×3 basketball being declared an Olympic event last 2017, the SBP is looking at this tournament as a way to prove to the world that we are capable of hosting and that we can compete with the world’s finest.

“As mentioned earlier, I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls, 3,000 to 4,000 people watching the games. We chose to move it to a bigger venue, I think we want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

“From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From an SBP, FIBA perspective, we want bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to FIBA,” he added.

There will be 40 teams split into two divisions that will compete in this annual tourney.

For the men’s side, the Philippines will take on teams from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Uruguaz.

In the women’s division, the hosts will face Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, United States, and Venezuela.

With this task of hosting a world class tournament, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help in the organization of it.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream,” said Mascariñas.

“Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance. I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times.”

FIBA, on the other hand, is looking forward to helping groom a possible Philippine team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m sure the event this year, we’re starting the countdown, is going to be amazing,” Sanchez said. “I think this is going to be helpful for us in developing.

“I’m coming from Tokyo where we’re discussing the venue and layout of the Olympics. We should make an effort with Al and SBP to see if we have a Filipino team in Olympics. In my opinion Filipinos have a real chance to make it. Hopefully this can give us a nice push to get a PH team to the Olympics,” the Spanish executive added.

“See you in June.”

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Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC



Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.

“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.

The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.

“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.

Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.

Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.

The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)

EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)

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